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12.03.2015 - 12.02.2015 19.30 - 21.30
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Eroica Virtuosi


nlblotto Samson During March the Free State Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert on 12 March in the Odeion, Bloemfontein which will be repeated the next day (13 March) in the Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre in Welkom. These concerts are made possible by a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

The violinists Farida Bacharova and Samson Diamond will be the soloists with the orchestra in Mozart’s Concertone for Two Violins and Orchestra and Sarasate’s exciting Navarra for Two Violins and Orchestra, op. 33.

In 1992, Farida, then the youngest female concertmaster in Russia, was the soloist for more than forty performances of ballets such as The Golden Age, The Nutcraker and Swan Lake in Tokyo’s Metropolitan Hall. During twelve years of experience performing in Russia and on international tours, she has appeared as a soloist for ballets and as a symphonic soloist in many of the world’s major halls, including, among others, Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Champs d’Elysees in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin’ Schauspiel Haus, Gevandhause in Leipzig, Tonhalle in Zurich as well as the Moscow Conservatory Main Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall. A highlight of her orchestral career was a joint-concert with the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Zubin Metha.

Samson was appointed leader of the Odeion String Quartet in 2013. Samson got his first taste of music in Soweto, where he studied with the founding director of Buskaid, Rosemary Nalden and in the UK with Richard Ireland, Pauline Nobes and Philippe Graffin. As a freelance orchestral player in the UK, Samson played in the Hallé Orchestra, the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the Academy of Ancient Music. He has been heard in concert in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin, Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

After interval the orchestra will play Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”). Alexander Fokkens will be on the podium.

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The Odeion is an intimate theatre on the campus of the University of the Free State with ideal accoustics for chamber music and symphony concerts.